In a searing and emotive opening address at today’s Asian Sulpur Cap 2020 conference, Aurora Tankers managing director Kenny Rogers castigated the global shipowning community for its complacent attitude towards pending sulphur cap regulations.
Sparing no one's sensitivities, Mr Rogers told more than 150 delegates to “do what's right and get it done.” There was a “higher purpose” at stake he said, referring to the more than 14M children globally suffering from asthma and breathing difficulties.
As well as cajoling the industry to act, he offered an insight into the hard-headed pragmatism that guided Aurora Tankers’ adoption of scrubber technology. “We see a two-tier system developing where charterers pay a premium for ships with scrubbers through to 2021. For anyone taking delivery of a vessel in 2023-2024, I wouldn't advise installing scrubbers.”
Mr Rogers said Aurora Tankers had gone for open loop scrubbers as they are “less sophisticated and offer easier maintenance versus the closed loop variety.”
He acknowledged that open loop scrubbers might have a limited shelf life pointing out their use was banned in Chinese, Californian and German territorial waters.
Concluding, he said that LNG would be the industry's long-term future. “China's national strategy sets out that by 2025, 15% of the vessels operating in its waters will need to be LNG-fuelled.”